My name is Darran Jones and www.DalSoft.co.uk is my blog.
A little bit more about me
I live in UK with my wife Michelle, currently I have the good fortunate to work for JustGiving.com as a Senior Developer.
I’ve been interested in technology since I can remember and like to spend my spare time learning new technologies. In 1986 when I was 7 I wrote my first line of code on a 48K ZX Spectrum. In the early nineties I had my first PC a 386.
I’ve been professionally involved in software development for over ten years. This has mainly been web development, but I know my way round a Windows Forms application should the need arise.
Predominantly I develop using MS SQL and the .NET framework (which I’ve used since beta) using C#. I’m now using .NET 4.0, web development wise I’ve settled on ASP.NET (using MVC instead of Web Forms) and jQuery for client side scripting.
I’ve had professional experience in the following:
In 2006 I brought a PSP and was annoyed that I couldn’t stream or sync my Windows Media Player music library with my PSP. Being in a position to do something about it, I set about developing a solution. My first attempts involved basic streaming functionality, by trying to send RSS podcasts over HTTP. Later I realised that I could host the whole library, search and manage music/playlists using a website hosted on my PC, this opened the possibility of streaming my media over the internet too.
I started experimenting with supporting other devices and found this just meant creating a new handler for the target device. In 2008 I decided to share my program with others and named the software Apollo.
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